Thing ethnography: doing design research with non-humans

E. Giaccardi, N. Cila, C. Speed, M. Caldwell

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Drawing from a study of everyday home practices from a material objects' perspective, this paper examines the potential that a thing ethnography holds for both design and anthropology. In doing so, the paper challenges anthropocentric assumptions about the world, and opens up ways of understanding relationships among people, objects and use practices that would be difficult to elicit through traditional observations and interviews alone.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '16 Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Editors SIGCHI, Association for Computing Machinery
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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